ALTENBERG—Sam Edney had the best performance of his career at a World Championships while chalking up a seventh-place finish in the feature luge event of the season in Altenberg, Germany on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Calgarian matched speed and skill with the top athletes in the world down the challenging 15-corner, 1,220-metre German track, clocking a time of 1:48.622.
“My best World Championship result, and I am really happy to be back in the top-10 over here in Europe,” said Edney, whose previous best World Championship result was an eighth in 2008. “I would have liked to have gotten into the top-six but those guys were on a different level today.”
Germany’s Flelix Loch captured the World Championships title with a time of 1:47.332.Russia’s Albert Demchenko finished just off the podium in second at 1:47.660, while Italy’s Armin Zoggeler slid to the bronze-medal step of the podium after punching the clock at 1:47.746.
A two-time Olympian, Edney’s matched his career-best earlier this year with a fifth-place finish on the 2010 Olympic Track – the same venue he posted Canada’s best-ever men’s singles finish at an Olympics when he was seventh. He heads into the final two World Cup stops of the year with three top-10’s under his belt.
“Sam continues to work hard and I’m very pleased he was able to get into the top-10,” said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team. “We need to continue working on the start and riding a riskier set up on the sled.”
The Luge World Championships wrap up on Sunday in Altenberg with women’s singles racing, followed by the team relay.
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